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messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Elphinstone's Army 07 October, 2018 18:18

Rainbowsky Wrote:
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> I think this forum has been hijacked with fake
> reviews as it is highly unlikely that any trader
> can get consistent and regular reviews such as
> this - up to 10 pages of recommendations and you
> can see the same phrases being used over and over
> again, and telephone details being repeated. Use
> with care.
this is a brave post. I will respond comprehensively
later as need tobe clear.
You are astute and quite correct despite topickering's assurances.
Count the one post only reviews : all have taken detailed instruction and the King's shilling

or in my experience, the plumber's fiver, and follow up harassment, links, phone calls, etc, no bill, receipt,
huge money and still machines in reverse situation, cash or bankers draft !

You must allbe desperate for attention and not understand that call bombing is Aria's MO, and that people do not necessarily want a plumber round Saturday evening when dressing to go out because it suits him as he is always 'just around the corner'
He is pushy and forceful, charming and attentive, relying on our lack of plumbingexpertise and reluctance to diy. In my i stance it was plumbing a machine in.
I opened the door to 3 of them which I found disconcerting unnecessary and overwhelming in my tiny kitchen. Then attempted to sell me taps which I didn't need ? and 85£ labour?
Then to send me detailed instruction as to how to register on EDF, contact details and how to phrase a recommendation.
For this consideration I was handed back 5£ out of far too much cash payment before rushing off to the next hapless customer.
You will be proud of me to know that I promptly handed this back. My integrity is intact.

There seems to be a dearth of plumbers here it's true but consider : whilst Aria brother and cousin? are cornering the market, gaining work with the promise of larger commissions and smooth talking, placating, always being 5 mins way and receiving excitable albeit for the poster, 'genuine reviews' then this unbalanced situation is bound to continue.
Aria feeds off everyone's gratitude.
Does anyone know his business address ?


Anyone wanting details of the transaction, job, aftermath is welcome to pm of course



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messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Growlybear 08 October, 2018 17:55

Could anyone give me an idea of their hourly charge please?

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Elphinstone's Army 09 October, 2018 19:29

Growlybear Wrote:
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> Could anyone give me an idea of their hourly
> charge please?

Perhaps you could 'phone Aria direct and ask him yourself rather than requesting unreliable information ?
and good luck with a straightforward response, which will be from just around the corner or the OKR, and
make sure you have plenty of cash in the house.

They are in and out within the hour, have you not been listening?

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Elphinstone's Army 09 October, 2018 19:58

Phil Davies Wrote:
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> Rainbowsky Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I think this forum has been hijacked with fake
> > reviews as it is highly unlikely that any
> trader
> > can get consistent and regular reviews such as
> > this - up to 10 pages of recommendations and
> you
> > can see the same phrases being used over and
> over
> > again, and telephone details being repeated.
> Use
> > with care.
>
> Just in case anyone actually takes the above
> message seriously, I thought I'd post about my
> experience of dealing with AFE - and I can assure
> you I'm neither a forum hijacker or a friend of
> Aria or indeed Aria himself (though I do wish I
> had his plumbing skills...)
>
> I've had a leaking bathroom tap for months now and
> yesterday I finally got round to doing something
> about it. I went onto SE23-Life forum first
> because that's local to me, and everyone over
> there was raving about AFE. Then I had a peep on
> here and the same enthusiastic recommendations
> were evident. So I texted Aria to see if it was
> likely I could get it fixed at some point this
> week. And by the end of the afternoon, after a
> useful exchange of texts and some solid graft from
> his team, my leaking tap problem was fixed.
>
> I guess the repetition of phrases (quick response,
> efficient workers, polite and trustworthy etc etc
> etc) that led to Rainbowsky's suspicion are
> repeated BECAUSE THEY'RE TRUE. They really do work
> quickly and deal with jobs swiftly and they really
> are polite and considerate people. And because
> they work so efficiently they get lots of
> satisfied customers who are more than happy to
> post a positive review - myself included who,
> granted, doesn't usually have much cause to come
> on here.
>
> And yes, Aria did request that I post a review on
> here if I was pleased with the work - so what?!
> That's how I got his details in the first place
> and that's how his company thrives. In the end,
> everybody's happy. (Well, almost everybody... But
> feel free to PM me if you think it will help
> determine whether or not I'm a secret agent
> working on behalf of AFE...)


Yes we realise that you are genuine sincere reliable and trustworthy which is why no one has responded as yet to your sycophantic post for which you were paid probably £ and no doubt many many others have been happy with Aria and his men, paid cash did you? or bankers draft? receipt? bill? dates? before/after pics?

Rainbowsky is echoing a number of cynical, sly and subtle responses here directing the alert to the agenda of Aria, not his workforce who leave him to 'sort out' the money, they are probably as much in the dark about his dealings as the taxman.

Do not be taking us for stupid, asthough your ministrations have any credence or value.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by georgia 11 October, 2018 11:10

I'm not really sure what the issue is here but I have used Aria and his team several times and they have always been helpful and reliable. My reviews are definitely not fake.



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messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Hassie 11 October, 2018 12:28

georgia Wrote:
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> I'm not really sure what is the issue here but I
> have used Aria and his team several times and they
> have always been helpful and reliable. My reviews
> are definitely not fake.

I've used them twice and both times they were helpful, reliable and fixed the problems to my satisfaction.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by spacetricks 16 October, 2018 19:33

Got them in to install a new radiator and sort a leaky/failing kitchen mixer tap. Aria kept me updated on the price as new issues cropped up - washing machine plumbed wrong by previous plumber, old piping with painted in valves etc. Installed the new rad/mixer tap and all works great. Seem like good honest friendly guys trying to build their business. I'm a landlord and I'd use them again for sure.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Nunheader1987 17 October, 2018 09:22

Used Aria and his team recently to fix a leak in my bathroom.
He was round to scope it out within a day and it was fixed at a reasonable rate within the week.
Will definitely use again.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by DBest 18 October, 2018 11:32

We used AFE this week to fix a leak from our water tanks. I noticed the leak when I got home from work on Monday, looked on here for recommendations for a plumber and spoke with Aria. His brother, Dan, was round within about 90 minutes, identified the issue and temporarily stopped the leak. Returned on Tuesday afternoon to replace a value and fit a new overflow pipe. Throughout Tuesday, Dan called or texted to let me know what time he would arrive and all got sorted quickly and easily.

I paid a premium for the emergency call out on Monday evening (which I would expect from any plumber) but the overall cost of resolving the issue seemed reasonable and the service was great.

I know it has been questioned on here why there are so many positive reviews - Aria followed up to check all is ok after the repair and asked for us to provide a review if we were happy to do so. Given tho sis how we found AFE in the first place and the guys clearly care about their customer service and reputation, I think this is just a huge positive - I am happy to support a business which provides this level of service.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Phil Davies 19 October, 2018 10:30

> Yes we realise that you are genuine sincere
> reliable and trustworthy which is why no one has
> responded as yet to your sycophantic post for
> which you were paid probably £ and no doubt
> many many others have been happy with Aria and his
> men, paid cash did you? or bankers draft? receipt?
> bill? dates? before/after pics?
>
> Rainbowsky is echoing a number of cynical, sly and
> subtle responses here directing the alert to the
> agenda of Aria, not his workforce who leave him to
> 'sort out' the money, they are probably as much in
> the dark about his dealings as the taxman.
>
> Do not be taking us for stupid, asthough your
> ministrations have any credence or value.

I thought twice about posting this because I don't want to get into some kind of weird slanging match with someone who seems a bit keen spray their neuroses onto people they don't know - but I have to set a few things straight. Most importantly, almost all of your assumptions are wrong. I wasn't paid anything to post my review nor was I offered any kind of discount. When I asked for an invoice I got one, as well as the receipt for the new tap I had installed - and then I went online to pay by bank transfer (which is how I pay all the tradespeople I use so I'm not sure why you're flagging that up...?)

I haven't got a problem with your cynicism - I'm sure there are solid reasons for it - but I do take exception to you singling me out as some kind of brown-noser simply for posting a review of someone who did some good work for me.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by artysnapper 20 October, 2018 17:57

We have had Aria and his team round to our house on several occasions over the past 3 years. I can recommend his services as honest, upfront and reliable. He was able to send a contact round during the Beast to fix our blocked boiler overflow within 40 minutes and without that kind of understanding between plumber and client we would have spent the weekend without any heating with a small baby in the house.

Any queries I have had with the work undertaken at our house (usually due to my lack of understanding of the work involved) has been met with professionalism and resolve to finish the work to my satisfaction without any quibbles or arguments whatsoever - even after being paid in full. In my years of experience not many trades-people will do that!

We have always paid Aria via BACS and never in cash and we have always been supplied with receipts for any parts needed. He has never been anything but polite and respectful. Although it pains me to pay to keep the plumbing going in our pile of bricks thats just owning houses and in London that comes at a premium. So I would rather pay my money to a team who work in this way and who I can rely upon to come round at short notice and be trusted to just get on with the job.

I hope this goes some way to allay any fears caused by the above threads (some of which brink on the hysterical)and that my recommendation keeps these guys working in the area.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Gsuccj 21 October, 2018 11:19

Had A.F.E replace a broken shower pump for us yesterday for their first job with us. Was a difficult job with a tiny space to work with. They stayed until we were completely happy, made no mess and the shower pump works even better than before now.

Aria asks for reviews because he wants to grow his business which is what you’d expect, and I can see why many people would leave positive feedback. Would happily use again and have asked for electricians to do a few other jobs.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Growlybear 24 October, 2018 19:07

I'm very happy to add my recommendation for Afia and his brother. I was ripped off and messed around by another local plumbing firm, and contacted Aria on the basis of the recommendations in this thread. He came round to look at my shower pump exactly when agreed, advised me what needed to be done, and came back with his brother this afternoon. They installed a new shower pump, and everything is working perfectly. Aria took great care to check that everything was working properly and that I was happy with the work carried out, and he also checked the street stopcock before he left. His charge was reasonable, and he and his brother were both incredibly pleasant and courteous. Aria recommended an electrician to change the wiring for the shower pump before he came back today, who was also extremely efficient and helpful. I won't hesitate to use Aria again.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by lpool 25 October, 2018 13:20

I've used AFE Plumbing a few times recently when updating some of the plumbing on house including fitting new pipe work for washing machine and installing a new basin and pedestal in the bathroom. Aria is very easy to deal with and always calls after the job has been completed to ensure everything is OK. Nothing extortionate about their pricing and I will be using them for future maintenance on rented property. And for the record I only pay by BACs once invoice received.



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messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by jess5 29 October, 2018 15:48

Have used AFE plumbing again today. They came and fixed my heating problem quickly and efficiently and charged a fair and reasonable price. I would recommend Aria and his guys for all plumbing problems and will definitely use them again myself in the future...

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by PecksNewbie 29 October, 2018 16:40

I have used A.F.E twice now and no complaints here. They are always quick to come round, prompt on arrival, very polite, tidy up after themselves, and as a single female living alone I always feel totally comfortable with them being here. Will use again.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by d72k05 07 November, 2018 11:20

I also just wanted to personally recommend Aria from AFE Plumbing. We've used him before for replacing a faulty shower pump and we were extremely satisfied with his work.

I contacted him earlier this week about replacing a leaking waste trap on our kitchen sink. I'd actually started to do the work myself but was having a few difficulties. He was great. He gave me a quote for doing the work but he also kindly offered advice on what parts I needed to do the job myself and where to purchase them from. With his advice I was able to finish the job myself and save myself some money.

Thanks again Aria! Much appreciated. We'll definitely use AFE Plumbing in the future and have no hesitation recommending them.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Tosca 17 November, 2018 17:54

I also want to recommend Aria from AFE. I emailed him with photos of the problem and although he didn't respond as quickly as usual, he did when I reminded him. I have always found Aria really helpful, prompt and reasonable. I've never had any problems with the work that's been done. There's certainly no problem about him being "just around the corner". Might be too quick for some if they're still in their dressing gown.....

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Alexthecamel 20 November, 2018 13:00

Aria was great, came out immediately and advised what we needed, did a speedy but complicated job for half the price of the big plumbers. Highly recommended.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by JoPH 27 November, 2018 11:48

I can also vouch A.F.E Plumbing Services. We needed a new toilet installed which proved to be problematic due to the type of old plumbing we had, Aria was incredibly helpful from the beginning with advice on the best solution. He and his brother went out of their way on the day fixing some unforeseen issues and did a great job resolving these. They left everything neat and tidy on leaving and we were very satisfied with the job.

Overall they were highly professional and easy to deal with and I would definitely recommend and use them again when needed.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by BsaMat 18 December, 2018 18:26

These guys are great. Friendly, helpful and efficient, reasonably priced, and best of all they communicate! They solved a mixer shower problem with a £13.99 part when another plumber had said the bath needed to come out and the job was too big for them to handle etc. I've used AFE twice now for urgent problems in our rental flats and they will be my first port of call for future issues.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by jennyb123 20 December, 2018 09:28

Aria was one of several plumbers I called when there was an emergency repair needed in my rental flat. Although busy that day, he offered to pop over and check it out in the first instance so we had a more realistic idea of the problem. Then was able to do the repair at the end of the day. He kept me informed on the end of the phone, and sent me a detailed breakdown of costs afterwards. Aria asked me (once) to recommend him on EDF afterwards, which I'm happy to do as it was a good service provided.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by missangorabunny 22 December, 2018 22:48

Texted Aria to fit some new taps, and we fixed a date very quickly. He sent his colleague Ken round, who turned up at the appointed time and completed the job quickly and efficiently. Invoice was as quoted. Aria followed up with me shortly afterwards to check everything was ok. Would have no hesitation recommending this company.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by adam1010 January 01, 04:41PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

Love and best wishes to the EDF staff and all our clients and all the local residents too.
We wish you all the best in 2019!

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Growlybear January 04, 04:47PM

I woke up early in the morning on Wednesday to find water coming through the bathroom ceiling from a leaking water tank, mopped up, and got a bowl to catch the leak. I rang Aria at about 10 am and he sent Dan round within half an hour. He did an excellent job again, and arranged for a handyman to come round to cut out a new, larger loft hatch so that a new water tank could be fitted. Dan came back a while later and connected everything up; he called again this morning to check that all was well, and sorted out an airlock which had formed overnight. Aria has since phoned to make sure that everything is working properly. The job was carried out at a reasonable cost, and I am so grateful for the very prompt and friendly service. It's very reassuring to know that there is always a reliable plumber available who will come out quickly when needed and who doesn't overcharge.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by lhow1988 January 10, 10:55AM

Another recommendation for A.F.E Plumbing. Had a badly blocked pipe that was leaking, causing the electrics in the communal hallway to burn out. Texted Aria and he sent Dan round to me at the earliest opportunity to take a look and give me a (very reasonable) quote. The issue was sorted very quickly and professionally. Would definitely use A.F.E Plumbing again for any plumbing issues.

Highly recommend.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Ktjoyce January 16, 05:06PM

Another great reccomendation for AFE Plumbers. I had an issue with my washing machine and Dan came over and within an hour was able to help with the issue and eventually fix the problem. I will definitely be using them again and can highly recommended them. Professional, friendly and affordable.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by arun2687 January 18, 10:37PM

I would also like to recommend the guys at A.F.E. Prompt, polite and affordable. Will not hesitate in using them again.

messagePlumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by arun2687 January 18, 10:38PM

I would also like to recommend the guys at A.F.E. Prompt, polite and affordable. Will not hesitate in using them again.

messageRe: Plumber recommendation - A.F.E Plumbing Services
Posted by Marie2018 January 27, 04:35PM

AFE Plumbing have just finished my complete bathroom renovation including moving toilet location, tiling and new shower installation. I found them originally through this as well as other local forums and so am grateful for all the posts - I am in SE26 and dont use this site really at all.

I found similar to all the positive reviews that it was a pleasure to work with Aria, Dan and Ken. The process worked just as how others describe them - the communication was excellent throughout, Aria took on board everything I said, and was forthcoming about actioning any amendments that were needed as we went along. The project took 3 weeks in total but the guys were very thoughtful about ensuring the basics continued to work as much as possible in that time. Any day they were not present at the property I was informed and it was usually for things such as letting plaster etc dry.

To do this kind of job in an old Victorian house with the usual quirks well on a budget was no mean feat. I asked for quality work with extra care taken that I wont have issues down the line and through their explanations of how they approached things I am confident this is the case. Aria also takes pride in providing a local service so after many months of quick responsive text messages about all aspects of the process, I am confident he would be at the end of the phone if needed.

I highly recommend them for larger scale jobs such as this. As I said I dont use this site but would happy to be contacted to verify the post - it is my pleasure to do this review for an excellent, local company.

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